Prevention of laboratory animal allergy in the United States: a national survey.

Journal Article

OBJECTIVE: Respiratory allergy to laboratory animals is a common and preventable occupational health problem. This study documents current laboratory animal allergy (LAA) prevention programs in the United States. METHODS: An online survey was e-mailed to designated institutional officials at laboratory animal facilities identified by the National Institutes of Health Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare. RESULTS: A total of 198 organizations responded and more than 80% required the use of uniforms and gloves to control exposure. Respirators were required by 25% of organizations. Medical surveillance was mandated by 58% of organizations (70% for organizations with at least 100 employees working with animals). Work restriction practices varied. Only 25% of organizations reported knowing the prevalence (range: 0% to 75%) and 29% reported knowing the incidence of LAA (range: 0% to 18%). CONCLUSIONS: There is broad variation in policy and practice to prevent LAA. An evidence-based consensus would ensure greater protection of workers.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Stave, GM; Darcey, DJ

Published Date

  • May 2012

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 54 / 5

Start / End Page

  • 558 - 563

PubMed ID

  • 22504957

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1536-5948

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1097/JOM.0b013e318247a44a

Language

  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States